Bacterial Genetics Could Help Researchers Block Interplanetary Contamination
Bacterial Genetics Could Help Researchers Block Interplanetary Contamination
Identifying microbes from Earth that can survive on spacecraft may help scientists eliminate them from future space missions and from searches for extraterrestrial life.
Bacterial Genetics Could Help Researchers Block Interplanetary Contamination
Bacterial Genetics Could Help Researchers Block Interplanetary Contamination

Identifying microbes from Earth that can survive on spacecraft may help scientists eliminate them from future space missions and from searches for extraterrestrial life.

Identifying microbes from Earth that can survive on spacecraft may help scientists eliminate them from future space missions and from searches for extraterrestrial life.

drug development, microbiology, evolution
Scientists Can’t Agree on What’s Making Pistachio Trees Sick
Scientists Can’t Agree on What’s Making Pistachio Trees Sick
Catherine Offord | Aug 1, 2018
A new study ignites debate on the cause of pistachio bushy top syndrome, a disease that has crippled farms in California, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Opinion: Learning from Immunotherapy’s Recent Failures
Opinion: Learning from Immunotherapy’s Recent Failures
Luis Felipe Campesato | Aug 1, 2018
The promise of immunotherapy is real. We now need to figure out how to maximize the number of patients the approach benefits.
Largest King Penguin Colony Population Has Declined Drastically
Largest King Penguin Colony Population Has Declined Drastically
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 31, 2018
Compared to 500,000 breeding pairs in the 1980s, only 60,000 penguin pairs now remain.
Image of the Day: Hanging Around
Image of the Day: Hanging Around
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 27, 2018
Hurricanes drive evolution in anole lizards, finds a new study.
Mars Has a Lake of Liquid Water: Study
Mars Has a Lake of Liquid Water: Study
Ashley Yeager | Jul 25, 2018
Radar data indicate that the Red Planet’s southern polar ice sheets cover a 20-kilometer-wide body of water.
Oldest Evidence of Terrestrial Life on a Young Earth
Oldest Evidence of Terrestrial Life on a Young Earth
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 23, 2018
Microbes were living on land as early as 3.22 billion years ago, fossilized rocks show, 500 million years earlier than previously documented.
Two Fungal Species—One Pathogenic, One Benign—Are Actually the Same
Two Fungal Species—One Pathogenic, One Benign—Are Actually the Same
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 19, 2018
Under one name the species is used in food fermentation, and under the other it is a drug-resistant cause of yeast infections.
CRISPR Is Overcome When Viruses Gang Up on Bacteria
CRISPR Is Overcome When Viruses Gang Up on Bacteria
Kerry Grens | Jul 19, 2018
Phages that die during bacterial invasion help other viruses defeat the microbes’ immune responses.
Horizontal Gene Transfer in Bdelloid Rotifers Questioned
Horizontal Gene Transfer in Bdelloid Rotifers Questioned
Abby Olena | Jul 12, 2018
A re-analysis of sequencing data from a 2016 study of these tiny metazoans reveals possible contamination, rather than an exchange of DNA among species.